Was it a lineup change or an attitude adjustment? Opinions may differ. Whatever you choose, though, the third period resulted in 20 minutes filled with 20 shots, two goals and an effort worth landing North Dakota in today’s NCAA West Regional championship game against Yale.
When the NCAA placed the 2013 men’s hockey West Regional in Grand Rapids, Mich., the organization probably didn’t envision the season unfolding this way. For the first time since 1979, the NCAA tournament doesn’t include at least one school from Michigan.
UND’s run of three consecutive Broadmoor trophies for winning the WCHA Final Five at the Xcel Energy Center is over. Colorado College’s Peter Stoykewych picked up a goal early in overtime to beat UND 4-3 late Thursday night to spoil North Dakota’s chance at four straight tournament titles.
With about five minutes left in UND’s 6-0 win over Michigan Tech on Sunday night, Corban Knight thinks coach Dave Hakstol gave in to peer pressure.
The more than 10,000 fans at Ralph Engelstad Arena were belting out a “Put in Tate” chant in hopes of seeing senior third-string goalie Tate Maris, who had never played a minute during the regular season in his career.
UND freshman forward Rocco Grimaldi has to unofficially lead the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in close calls. The speedy rookie has made life miserable for opposing defenses the past few games without much to show for it.
UND defenseman Joe Gleason found it fitting.
Mark MacMillan utilizing his speed for a goal and brother Mitch MacMillan relying on his strong shot for another goal.
“Funny how it works out that way,” Gleason said. “That’s both their strengths.”
UND defenseman Nick Mattson arrived at TD Ameritrade Park at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon ready to take part in an outdoor game against Nebraska Omaha. With ice conditions unplayable, though, Mattson and his teammates got back on the bus at 3 p.m. and returned to the Hilton hotel nearby.
After an edge-of-your-seat 4-4 tie between UND and Minnesota on Saturday night that left fans of both teams applauding the entertaining series, Gophers coach Don Lucia stood in front of a swarm of media members and was asked about the raucous atmosphere inside of a sold-out Mariucci Arena.
In his first year-and-a-half of college hockey, Mitch MacMillan was in and out of the lineup at St. Cloud State. Now at North Dakota, MacMillan has gone from sitting in dress clothes next to healthy scratches to playing alongside two Hobey Baker Award caliber players on the top line of the No. 7 team in the country.
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